University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Teen Ambassadors

The Teen Ambassadors is a free after-school program in which Philadelphia area teenagers, grades 9-12, meet weekly to work together to understand the content of the Penn Museum and how it applies to their lives in order to make our museum more relevant and meaningful to teen visitors.

Through group discussion and hand-on activities, Teen Ambassadors learn about anthropology and archaeology and how it can be used to understand their identities and their experiences. Teen Ambassadors then take their new perspectives, combined with the museum’s exhibitions and pre-existing programs, to create new, engaging experiences for our teenage audience.

Teen Ambassadors meet on a weekly basis, Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 October to May. Meetings are centered around discussions based on topics of the Ambassadors’ choosing. Based on those topics, the Ambassadors host bi-monthly events called ‘Teen Science Cafés’ (examples of past programs can be found here and here). In addition to hosting events for other high schoolers, Teen Ambassadors get behind-the-scenes tours of the Penn Museum and its collection, meet Penn professionals, and work closely with Museum departments. Teen Ambassadors will be expected to spend some time throughout the week reading provided articles to help prepare for the weekly meetings as well as working on their projects. The Penn Museum provides Teen Ambassadors with dinner and tokens during our Tuesday meetings.

How to Apply

To be considered, students must submit a completed application and, if chosen, come to the Penn Museum to be interviewed by the coordinator of the program. Applications will be evaluated based on interest in Archaeology and Anthropology, ability to work well in a team, and commitment to the program. Applications are due August 31st, 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions please contact us at 215-898-1018 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications for the Teen Ambassadors 2019-20 are now closed. Please check back in May 2020 when applications go live. If you have any questions please contact us at (215) 898-1018

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